who I am

Sotirios Bahtsetzis is a curator, essayist, and educator. He is currently Assistant Professor in History of Art at the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts and in the International Honors Program (IHP) an interdisciplinary enrichment program of the Deree - The American College of Greece, Athens (GR). He is also Visiting Professor at the European Culture Program of the Hellenic Open University, Patras (GR), the IPP Museology of the Aristotle University/ University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki (GR) and the Institut Hyperwerk for Postindustrial Design Academy of Art and Design, FHNW, Basel (CH).
His undergraduate and postgraduate training was carried out at the Technical University in Berlin (D). He holds a PhD with honors on Art History (Geschichte der Installation. Situative Erfahrungsgestaltung in der Kunst der Moderne) with scholarships of the Berlin Funding for Graduates (NaFöG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is also a Fulbright Research Scholar. Bahtsetzis' research fellowships include appointments at the Columbia University, New York (USA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (USA), the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris (FR) and the Museum of Installation, London (UK).
He has taught history and theory of modern and contemporary art at the Architecture Department of Patras University (GR), the Architecture Department of the University of Thessalia (GR), the National School of Dance in Athens (GR) and the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at the London Metropolitan University (UK).  He has been a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (B).
Bahtsetzis research interests include Installation Art, Theory of Curating, Socially Engaged Art, Image Theory, Post-industrial Design, Media Phenomenology, and Posthumanities.
Bahtsetzis acts as a member of the board of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation and he is responsible for the curation of the foundation's art collection. He is also the Research Director of ArtBOX, Creative Arts Management and works on a number of projects such as LABattoir. Art for Social Change (Municipality of Thessaloniki), Artecitya. Envisioning the City of Tomorrow (Goethe Institut Thessaloniki);  EnterViews on Crisis, Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists (MMCA). Bahtsetzis is also Co-Director of AthenSYN, an initiative aiming at building an infrastructure and a network to foster the presentation of Greek contemporary art internationally. Bahtsetzis is a member of the editorial board of Aletheia. Journal for Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Art.
Bahtsetzis has chapters in various books including Semiotics and Visual Communication III: Cultures of Branding (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019)  Meta- and Inter-Images in Contemporary Visual Art and Culture (Leuven University Press, 2013), Kinematographische Räume in Film und Kunst (Fink, 2012) and  Inaesthetics (Merve, 2012) as well as articles in journals such as E-flux and Afterimage. Bahtsetzis writes essays accompanying group and one-man exhibitions. He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), AICA (International Art Critics Association), the AAMC (Association of Art Museum Curators) among other professional bodies.